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Jennifer St George, The Convenient Bride and Giveaway!

We have author Jennifer St George talking on research and she will be giving away a Kindle copy of her THE CONVENIENT BRIDE!

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Over to Jennifer ...
 

I love conducting research for my books, especially as I write about exotic places, glamorous 5-star hotels, high-flying careers and lots of other fun topics. 

 

The Australian hotel featured in The Convenient Bride is based very loosely on the beautiful, historic Hotel Windsor in Melbourne, albeit a very run down version of it. Built in 1883, this grand hotel predates both London's Ritz and The Savoy. I’ve stayed in the hotel a number of times for significant events such as important birthdays or anniversaries, so it holds a special place in my heart. I loved bringing my version to life on the page.

 

My books often feature first-class aircraft travel. I’ve been lucky enough to actually travel in the first-class cabin just once. I’d accumulated a stack of airline loyalty points and blew the lot on a first-class trip to London.  It was surreal being offered Bollinger champagne and lobster as the lights of Sydney disappeared below. Needless to say, my heroines are just as awestruck by the luxury of first-class travel as I was.   

 

My novel that’s coming out in January with Destiny Romance centres around a reality TV show.  I used my experience on appearing on reality TV show The Dragon’s Den as inspiration for this book.  When I describe being in the harsh TV spotlights, it’s based on personal experience.  While filming the show, the studio lights were so hot I was sweltering under their intensity. I’d worn a leather jacket at the beginning of filming and for continuity, I couldn’t take it off for the entire shoot.  Moral of the story, if you want to look cool, calm and collected on TV, don’t wear leather.

 

Many of my heroes and heroines often have high-flying corporate careers.  I also use my experience of working for corporations such as Guinness Brewing Worldwide, The Ford Motor Company and the PR firm, Burson-Marsteller as a source of material for the many offices and boardrooms that appear in my stories. And for the record its true, lots of stuff happens in corporate lifts!

 

I try very hard to make my settings authentic, so it’s lucky I love research so much!

 The Convenient Bride
 
Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family's hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience and plans to use Sienna to secure his next business deal. But things don't go quite according to plan.

In keeping with her part of the bargain, Sienna travels to Venice to be with Antonio, who introduces her to a life of great luxury and opulence. As befits the fiancée of the famous Antonio Moretti, Sienna is given a new wardrobe of designer gowns and outfits and instructed exactly how to behave when out in public. But after thinking he can manipulate her at will, Antonio begins to realize he has seriously underestimated Sienna, her intelligence, her skills, her courage Рand her beauty. Unexpectedly, Sienna gets too close and when she discovers his dark secret, Antonio's perfectly planned life begins to unravel.


Buy links for THE CONVENIENT BRIDE

Destiny Romance        Amazon         iTunes

I will be giving a Kindle copy of The Convenient Bride to one lucky commenter here today!

33 comments:

  1. Ah,Jennifer, you're so glamorous! Here you are, talking about first class and staying at the Windsor and my research involves schlepping around Melbourne taking pics of buildings! (Co-incidentally I'm at the lovecats downunder talking about research today!)

    Don't put me in the draw as I've already read your glamorous bride and loved all those luxurious touches. Can't wait to see what you do with reality TV! :)

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    1. Hi Imelda!

      Thanks for coming, I'm heading over to LoveCats now ...

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    2. Thanks so much for reading The Convenient Bride, Imelda. I'm looking forward to reading Rules Are For Breaking!!

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  2. Hi Jennifer, Isn't first class well....first class. I too have had the experience of it - once (purely because after being stormed in overnight at Chicago airport my husband and I gave up our seats in cattle class so a bride and groom could make their own wedding - they made it with one hour to spare). It left me slavering for more but alas the pocket can't handle it. Experience is the best research (although not the only)but when I can I love to travel and explore out of the way places.
    The cover of The Convenient Bride is beautifully done - I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Hi Natasha,

      I also love the cover of The Convenient Bride but the story is fabulous too! I hope you get to read it real soon!

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    2. Hi Natasha - nice to see you here! When I was in first-class (and that was only because I had so many loyalty points!!) I wanted to run around an ask the other FC passengers what they did for a living or how on earth they could afford to travel that way.

      I think Destiny Romance has done such a lovely job with the covers!

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  3. Jennifer,
    What great research to do! First class flying. Bolinger and lobster. Sooo envious.
    Can't wait to read your book,
    Suzi Love

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    1. Hi Suzi!

      I hope you get to read The COnvenient Bride, it's awesome!

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  4. Suzi, I felt like a complete fraud up in first-class. All the women were dripping in jewels and had handbags worth the annual GDP of a small country! But it was certainly fun to see how the other half lived.

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  5. Hi Jen,
    Got quite excited reading about your January release. I read The Convenient Bride and loved it, so I'll definitely be downloading your next book.
    For all of us who may never fly first class - at least we get to live vicariously through you and your characters!
    Elise

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    1. Hi Elise,

      I agree, we do get to live vicariously through books!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  6. Thanks so much Elise!! You know how much I loved your book!! Its fun living through my characters - they get to do so many exciting things.

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  7. I've flown first class a few times. Most of the people up in the section were business travelers who were busy working (including me).

    Congrats on your book release. :D

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    1. Hi Stina,

      Lucky you! I still have yet to experience that!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Wow Stina - I wish my company had flown me first-class. Thanks for the congrats on The Convenient Bride - Sienna has a little accident during her first-class flight.

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  9. Congrats on The Convenient Bride! Sounds like a great read!

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  10. I love a romance novel that starts with a marriage of convenience, because it's so easy to fall in love with your husband. :)

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    1. A favorite trope of mine too, Emily!

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  11. Marriage of Convenience is one of my favourite romance plots, Emily.

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  12. I love the cover and it sounds like a great story. :)

    I haven't flown first class yet, but I think I should. I didn't have a great flying experience during a recent trip. I think it's time to upgrade.

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  13. Would it be nice if we could all fly first-class all the time, Medeia!!

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    1. Hi Media!

      You and me both! I wonder how I sometimes hear that people were upgraded, why can't we be one of these people?

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  14. I love research too! Someday I'll be able to recreate my heroine's sailing ship journey across the Mediterranean :-)
    I haven't flown first class yet. Maybe I should see how many points I've got...

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    1. Hi Deniz,

      I would love to read about your real life experience of sailing across the Mediterranean!

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  15. That trip across the Mediterranean sounds like a great setting for romance, Deniz. Check those points. I was surprised I qualified for first-class!

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  16. I'm going to have to stay in that hotel one day ;)
    Research is so much fun!

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    1. Hi Lynda!

      Happy lauch day for your novel today! Thanks for coming by!

      You have to share your experience of that hotel stay with us!

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  17. That's what so good about reading romance. We can have so many 'vicarious' experiences. Thanks Jennifer. Thanks Nas. :D

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    1. Hi Denise!

      Thanks for coming by to read this post!

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  18. Hi Jennifer!

    I love first class. It's so nice to stretch out and have privacy. Sadly I haven't been able to experience it very much!

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    1. Hi Talli!

      I would also love to experience it for once!

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